Monthly Archives: March 2013

We are living in a material world

And sometimes that means that people are gonna make paper dolls out of Pierre Elliot Trudeau: Thanks, SS, for bringing this to my attention! Hope you lot in the audience are enjoying this on-going foray into Weird & Wonderful Research … Continue reading

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Just another foray into material culture and girlhood studies

Here we have “Eskimo Barbie” from 1982: Eskimo Barbie doll is ready to brave the cold weather in her faux fur-trimmed outfit. She’s a mirage of beauty, dressed from head to toe in white fabric accented with black trim and … Continue reading

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More on words

Here’s an excerpt from William M. O’Barr’s fascinating interview with Paul Kurnit: WMO: Well, wait a minute. Advertising never shows boys playing with dolls or girls getting into those kinds of things. PK: Actually, advertising does show boys playing with … Continue reading

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Queering Barbie Dolls

I love love love love love love research. It is the best, because… LOOK WHAT I FOUND: Dusty and Skye dolls produced by Kenner in 1974. (Brought to my attention by Regina Buccola’s article “Dusty, the Dkye Barbie” in the … Continue reading

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RIP Stompin’ Tom

From the Question & Answer session after Mary Walsh’s 1993 Spry Lecture, “A Hymn to Canada:” Mike Corbbit: My name is Mike Corbbit. Culture is a term that I hear used a lot in a lot of places and in … Continue reading

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Thank you. No, thank-you!

The only two people from whom I have gotten a “thank-you” (via e-mail, which is how I know — I think pronunciation of the hyphen might be harder to detected) are my friend KB and one Kathryn Gallagher Morton, President … Continue reading

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Irrational anger

Recently, while working on a collaborative article about girlhood and material culture, I came across a mention of “Newfoundland cultural historian Stephen Riggins” in a chapter by Jaqueline Reid-Walsh and Claudia Mitchell in Depicting Canada’s Children. In my notes on … Continue reading

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Let me get a big “hell yeah” for the tricks of pedagogy

Professor Trépanier at Carleton University teaches the Canadian Studies Capstone Seminar and it. is. AWESOME. Unfortunately, I missed enrolling in the course by a year, but that doesn’t stop me from poaching amazing ideas from her students or reading their … Continue reading

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